Paniagua Perez, Purdue:
Development of novel turbine designs at Purdue University
Vladimir Dulin: Investigation of coherent structures in swirling jets and flames by using 2D and 3D particle image velocimetry
Flow swirl is commonly used for stabilization of flames in combustors. For high swirl rates a breakdown of the vortex core occurs resulting in a dramatical intensification of local mixing. Besides, a central recirculation zone, formed due to the breakdown, captures hot combustion products and provides heat exchange between them and the fresh mixture. Another feature of swirling jets is the phenomenon of vortex core precession. Moreover, the precession in swirling jets becomes very intensive after the vortex breakdown and formation of central recirculation zone. It is considered to be associated with rotation of a coherent structure, consisting of helical vortices and resulted from a global flow instability. The present talk reports on the experimental study of coherent structures, including processing vortex core, in turbulent swirling jets and premixed flames by using 2D PIV and PLIF and time-resolved 3D PIV. The focus is placed on quantitative analysis of the vortex breakdown effect on energy of different azimuthal/helical modes and turbulent mixing rate in the non-reacting swirling jets and on flame shape in the jets with combustion.
Russel Quadros: Passive flow control of shock-wave/boundary-layer interaction using surface roghness: A numerical study
Shock-wave/boundary-layer interactions (SBLIs) are commonly observed in high speed engineering applications such as air intakes, turbo-machinery cascades, helicopter blades, supersonic nozzles, and launch vehicles. The nature of the incoming boundary layer, which interacts with the shock, has a significant impact on the flow topology and aerodynamic performance of the aerospace vehicle. It is advantageous to have a transitional boundary layer interacting with the shock as compared to a laminar or a turbulent boundary layer. A transitional interaction could bridge the gap between the large separation size obtained in a laminar interaction and the high drag associated with the turbulent interaction.
Using direct numerical simulation, we trip the incoming laminar boundary layer through hemispherical surface roughness elements, and impinge an oblique shock wave while the boundary layer is still in transition. In order to analyse the effect of shock strength on the interaction, we consider two cases of shock-generator angles (3 and 6 degrees). We compare our results with available experimental data for cases with and without the impinging shock. We observe a suppression in the mean separation region for the transitional interaction case irrespective of the shock strength. Also, lower levels of instantaneous separation are observed in the transitional interaction as compared to the turbulent interaction.
Alessandro Sorce: Dynamics and Controls of innovative energy systems
The presentation aims at providing the audience
with the fundamentals in dynamic modelling of energy systems, with
application to the recent challenges in advanced cycles.
The availability of robust and reliable simulation tools, validated on experimental data, is a necessary step for the development and assessment of control strategies to be deployed in advanced systems,
avoiding the risk of instabilities and keeping under threshold the main critical parameters over time.
Through practical examples, the audience is provided with insights on dynamic phenomena of energy systems, which are often not considered at the design phase, and which may later become a technology barrier. Finally, the latest advances in dynamic modelling approaches and tools are outlined.
Alberto Traverso: Advanced techniques for power plant monitoring and diagnostics
The presentation will provide an overview of the monitoring and diagnostic process, starting from the field measurement validation and selection technique. Then will be introduced the two main modelling approaches, knowledge-based and data-driven, which can be adopted for the creation and expert system observing the phenomena to be monitored or assessing the component health conditions. For both modelling strategies, some example referred to SoA systems (e.g. GT and Combined Cycle) and advanced systems (e.g. Fuel Cell systems) will be presented. An overview of the analysis of residuals strategies and recent advances in the diagnostic process will complete the presentation.
Guillermo Paniagua: Unsteadiness in supersonic turbines
In view of decreasing weight and costs, current turbomachinery designs tend to increase the stage loading and to shorten the distance between blade rows. Hence, the understanding of unsteady flows is a necessary step towards the improvement of turbine-based propulsion. In this talk we will present the fundamental physical mechanisms abating the performance of transonic turbines. Then we will present design strategies to mitigate the unsteady forcing based on the redesign of the turbine passages as well as through active control strategies.
Guillermo Paniagua: Flow control research experience in compressible flows
This talk will summarize the three different areas of research that targeted the control of trailing edge shocks. A first proposal to control the fish tail shock waves consists on, pulsating coolant blowing through the trailing edge of the airfoils. A linear cascade representative of modern turbine bladings was specifically designed and constructed to be tested at subsonic and supersonic regimes (0.8, 0.95, 1.1 and 1.2) together with two engine representative Reynolds numbers at various blowing rates. In the second proposal we will review the experience of mounting DBD’s also at the airfoil trailing edge. Finally we will describe the control of the boundary layer on a compression ramp by means of DC electrical arc discharges, with the ultimate goal of modulating the compressible flow with the minimum amount of energy.
Pedro Mellado: Small-Scale Turbulent Mixing at the Top of the Planetary Boundary Layer
The understanding and the representation of small-scale turbulent mixing in the entrainment zone at the top of the planetary boundary layer remains a challenge. This challenge becomes sometimes quite problematic, like in the case when stratocumulus clouds cap the boundary layer. This seminar will present two examples showing how direct numerical simulation can be used to address part of that challenge. First, in the simpler case of cloud-free conditions, we will see that the entrainment zone can be better described in terms of two length-scales, instead of just one. This result helps explain the observed dependence of entrainment-zone properties on weak- and strong tropospheric stratification regimes. The second example considers the role of evaporative cooling at the stratocumulus top. We will see how mixing enhancement by wind shear can render evaporative cooling as important as other turbulence sources at cloud top. This implication is twofold: evaporative cooling can be relevant in the cloud-top dynamics but only when interacting with other processes (like wind shear), and wind shear needs to be added to the analysis of the stratocumulus-topped boundary layer.
Prof Marino: Aeroacoustics of supersonic jets: state of the art and future perspectives
Aeroacoustics of jet (sub- and supersonic) is among the fundamental topics considered in the framework of the analysis of acoustic phenomena coupled to fluid dynamic sceneries. The interest spans from the basic investigation aimed at the analysis of the sound generation mechanisms, concerning the complex fluid flow structures which outcome as an acoustic field, to the possible strategies to reduce the high noise encountered in many applications. The presentation focuses on the main characteristics of supersonic under expanded cold jets and puts in evidence the level of comprehension reached nowadays. The main numerical and experimental results are reviewed.
Giorgia Sinibaldi: Experimental analysis on the aeroacousitcs of an under-expanded impinging jet
An experimental analysis on the acoustics and the fluid dynamics of an under-expanded circular jet impinging on a perpendicular plate is carried out. The purpose is to analyzed the discrete components of the noise which characterized this kind of flows. Starting from an “infinite" distance of the impinging surface, i.e. the free jet, the plate is moved towards the jet exit. First, the transition from the screech tones, typical of the free jet, to the impinging tones is shown. Then, the generating mechanism of the impinging tones is investigated. In particular, different acoustic fields are observed to be related to a modification of the jet flow structure, leading to a change in the generation mechanism of the impinging tones. The analysis is carried out by means of acoustic measurements, Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) and wall pressure measurements. A wide range of nozzle pressure ratios and nozzle-to-plate distances are explored to obtain an exhaustive overview of the impinging jet behavior.